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Teapot (part of a two-piece tea service)

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The tall, raised, elliptical teapot has a raised stepped foot. The convex sides of the vessel rise to an urn-shaped finial through a series of undulating curves, punctuated by two narrow rows of applied and soldered bands of gadrooning. An engraved shield shape with palm leaf above surrounds the...

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Inscription

"BW" in entwined, superimposed, sprigged script on body of vessel to right of handle.

Marks

Stamped on foot of vessel "C.A. BURNETT" in roman letters within a rectangle, flanked by eagle's head device. Ada Mark X

Provenance

Probably purchased from Burnett by Bushrod Washington (1762 – 1829) of Alexandria, Virginia, a nephew of George Washington. In 1785 the younger Washington m. Julia Ann Blackburn (1768 – 1829) of Rippon Lodge, Virginia, daughter of Col. Thomas Blackburn, an aide-de-camp to General Washington. The couple had no issue. Subsequent ownership is unknown until 1938, when it was placed on loan to the MFA by Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) (1871 – 1961) of Boston, and transferred in 1962 to her children, Mrs. R. C. Barton (Rachel Warren) (b. 1892) and Hamilton Warren, of Harvard, Massachusetts, and County Wicklow, Ireland, who sold it to the Museum in 1971. Sources: American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1969) 1:228, cat. 868; 2:291, fig. 459; DAB 19:508-09; Vinetta Wells Ranke, comp, The Blackburn Genealogy with notes on the Washington Family through intermarriage (Washington, D.C.: V. W. Ranke, 1939, pp. 14, 24-7, 37.

Credit Line

Marion D. Davis Fund

1790–1825

Object Place

Alexandria, Virginia, or Georgetown, District of Columbia, United States

Dimensions

22.9 x 11.2 x 30.6 cm (9 x 4 7/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.334

Medium or Technique

Silver with wooden handle

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware